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Colleagues and Community – Summer 2019

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03/09/2019

Firm news

We have now relocated to our new premises at 33 Wellington Street in Leeds.  The building has undergone a comprehensive £10 million refurbishment to provide us with a premium working environment, with significantly improved sustainability credentials.

The move, which is the largest professional services relocation in Leeds for almost 15 years, sees all our staff move from our previous premises on King Street, into 76,000 sq. ft. of fully renovated, Grade A office space at the heart of the Leeds business district.

See our final time-lapse video below:

Malcolm Simpson, Managing Partner at Walker Morris commented:

“This is a very exciting time for the firm. The move is a fantastic opportunity to have a great working environment which fits with our brand as a preeminent and distinctive law firm. The designs for the interiors of the new building will help to inspire our staff, and enable them to work more collaboratively and effectively; whether they are in the office, working remotely at home, with clients or on the move.”

Calendar Competition

The judging has now taken place for the 25th anniversary of the Walker Morris Children’s Charity Calendar Competition. The winners and runners-up are due to be announced in September.

This year the Calendar Competition saw a record number of infant, junior and primary schools enter, with over 85 schools throughout our region taking part.

The judging panel, included renowned Yorkshire artist, Ashely Jackson, David Smedley, Chairman of the Partners at Walker Morris and Dean Poole from Reflex Label Plus. The judges were particularly impressed by the quality and variety of artwork submitted this year. The high level of technical skill and creativity made the judging process very difficult!

The Calendar Competition is open to all primary school age children from the Yorkshire and Humber regions. The children were invited to paint a picture that represents their favourite month of the year. From the artwork submitted the judges chose 13 winners, including the prestigious front cover, and 28 runners-up. The children’s winning artwork will be used to produce the 2020 calendar that is sold to raise funds in aid of Martin House Hospice. Martin House provides family-led care for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions across West, North and East Yorkshire, as well as supporting their families throughout the life of their child, and in bereavement.

Refurbishment of 33 Wellington Street raises £3,751 for Sunshine and Smiles

Specialist fit out company, Overbury, has raised £3,751 for Walker Morris’ Charity of the Year – Sunshine and Smiles.

The fundraising was done during the double award-winning refurbishment of 33 Wellington Street, Walker Morris’ new flagship office. During the refurbishment, Overbury asked builders and contractors to make a charity donation to use the car park at the building. During the nine month fit out, significant funds have been raised, which will be donated to the law firm’s nominated Charity of the Year.

Caroline Black, Head of Marketing at Walker Morris commented:

“We worked collaboratively with Overbury to look at how we could make best use of the building and its assets during the refurbishment programme whilst also helping the builders and contractors and achieving both organisations’ aims of being responsible employers within the community. Asking for a charity donation for use of the car park was such a simple but effective idea.

“We are delighted with the result which will make a real difference to our local charity Sunshine and Smiles and the vital support it provides for children and young people who have Down syndrome and their families. On behalf of Walker Morris and Sunshine and Smiles I’d like to thank all those who contributed.”

Overbury has been delighted to work with Walker Morris on this project which finished on time and on budget. The builders and contractors really appreciated being able to use the onsite parking and it is great to be able to help out a local charity in the process.

Walker Morris On The Go

Walker Morris On The Go is a legal app which provides you with instant access to our little green books, news and legal insights which can be accessed from any device – mobile, tablet or desktop.

We have always been renowned for our high quality legal know-how. For the last decade our popular little green book series has offered pocket-sized guides brimming with practical solutions and summaries of key information on a range of topics. These handy guides are now available, via the app, in a user-friendly, convenient format.

Learn more with our short video below:

The app is available for free. All that’s required is to download the app from:

Apple Store – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/walker-morris-on-the-go/id1456621562?mt=8

or Google Play Store – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.calls9.onthego

Alumni

We have launched our Alumni network to help connect past and present Walker Morris employees and support them throughout their career. Our bi-annual newsletter will update Alumni members with firm news, interviews with past employees, updates on movers and promotions and forthcoming events. Click here for further information.

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